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Volume 9, Issue 22
July 11, 2007

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Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

Assoc. Prof. Antje Baeumner, BEE, has been named a finalist in the New York Academy of Science's Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists competition. Five finalists will be named Blavatnik award winners at the Academy's 4th Annual Science & the City Gala on November 12.

Prof. Emeritus Ron Furry, BEE, has published a history of the department titled "A Pioneering Department - Evolution from Rural Engineering to Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, 1907-2007." It is available online:

Prof. Kifle Gebremedhin, BEE, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The selection recognizes a member of unusual professional distinction, with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of agricultural, food, or biological systems engineering. New Fellows were honored at the ASABE Annual International Meeting in June in Minneapolis.

Asst. Prof. Uri Keich, CS, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation for his project, "Improving the Performance of Motif Finding Tools through Novel Reliable Significance Estimation and a Study of DNA Replication Origins".

Assoc. Prof. Lillian Lee, CS, and Assoc. Prof. Dan Luo, BEE, have each received a "Provost's Award for Distinguished Research" from Provost Biddy Martin. The award is given to recognize distinguished research by outstanding tenured faculty early in their career. Lee was recognized for her research in natural language processing. Luo was honored for his research in biological engineering at the molecular level.

Prof. Frank Moon, MAE, has written a new book entitled "The Machines of Leonardo da Vinci and Franz Reuleaux," published by Springer. It is the first in a new Springer Series on History and Mechanisms and Machine Science. The book features the Cornell Kinematic Model Collection of Franz Reuleaux and includes 6 color plates with several of the models.

Prof. Fred Schneider, CS, has been invited to serve on the Computing Community Consortium, an organization established by the Computing Research Association under an agreement with the National Science Foundation. The goal of the consortium is to articulate and pursue long-term research visions for the computing community.

Prof. Norm Scott, BEE, has received a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Candidates selected for the award must have demonstrated consistently superior service in a variety of venues including service to the college, the State University, the local community or contributions at the regional, statewide, national, or international levels.

Roger Varney '09 ECE won Best Undergraduate Poster at the National Meeting of the NSF Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR) Program in Santa Fe. A primary objective of CEDAR research is to understand changes in the atmosphere over short and long time scales. Varney works with Prof. Mike Kelley, ECE; his poster was titled "Observations of Electric Fields Associated with Internal Gravity Waves."

Cornell Engineering Today featured on CyberTower

Tune in to CyberTower for a chat with the dean. CyberTower Forums are monthly videotaped sessions of leading members of the Cornell faculty discussing and debating current topics and issues, moderated by Glenn Altschuler, professor and dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. This month on CyberTower Forums, Altschuler hosts Dean Kent Fuchs for a discussion of engineering at Cornell today: what's taught, who the students are, what the faculty are doing, and where engineering is headed in the coming years.

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Personnel updates

ORIE wishes to publicly express appreciation to Dr. Mark Eisner upon his retirement as the ORIE Associate Director for the M.Eng. Program. During his 10-year tenure, Eisner vastly strengthened the program, to the extent that the M.Eng. degree has become of central importance in ORIE's educational mission. Eisner remains in ORIE as the communications associate, a part-time position dedicated to increasing the school's visibility among industry and alumni.

Victoria Averbukh, Ph.D. '97 OR, is joining ORIE as director of financial engineering at OR Manhattan, the school's educational and research center near the New York Stock Exchange. Averbukh brings 10 years of Wall Street experience to the position to support OR Manhattan's mission of strengthening Cornell's research collaboration with the financial services industry, achieving a balance between theory and practice.

Kathryn Caggiano, Ph.D. '98 OR, joins ORIE as the new associate director for the M.Eng. program. Before assuming the position, Caggiano was on the faculty of the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Claudia Gonzales will join the college as associate director of admissions on July 23. A 2002 graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa, she brings to Cornell five years of admissions experience including work at Oberlin College and most recently at Harvey Mudd College - the Science and Engineering College of the California Claremont Colleges. She has both experience and a passion for integrating women and students of color into engineering and the sciences.

View paychecks online with ePay

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce the availability of ePAY, Cornell's new PeopleSoft self-service, Web-based application that allows employees to go online to see current and previous paychecks or advices.

Employees are encouraged to begin immediately using ePAY at ePAY is also available through Employee Essentials: (in the Payroll section).

As of September 15, the university will cease printing pay advices for exempt employees as part of Cornellâ??s commitment to sustainability and cost reduction. Printing of pay advices for nonexempt employees will continue through calendar year 2007.

Please refer to the Payroll Web site for more detailed information about the electronic paycheck, including security. If you have questions or comments, please send them to

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